Keeping the competitive advantage in warfare is too compelling an activity for defense organizations to ignore. To do this militaries around the world have to be able to self synchronize in a joint & coalition war fighting environment and with broad missions such as humanitarian assistance, peace support operations, and war fighting. Self-synchronization creates an advantage by exploiting behavioral change and opinion to enable increased speed of combat power. To successfully transform into an agile military force both the force and business domains must converge and align to the mission and vision of the organization.
Given each military has its own contrasting priorities, resources and maturity level, there are many paths that could be taken to get to this seemingly unachievable elusive goal. Many Defense organizations are looking toward a solution oriented architecture approach and more specifically web services for a competitive advantage.
However, web services, while extremely versatile, need to be orchestrated and combined to create useful software solutions . From my perspective, this is where SAP’s Enterprise Solution Oriented Architecture (Enterprise SOA) provides the “business logic” or information about what web services do and how to combine them quickly to achieve a desired level of agility. By utilizing enterprise services to reduce the time it takes to move to a new business process it will enable Defense organizations to garner an architecture that is built to change with strategy and turn it into information systems that can quickly realign with the defense organizational structure and resources. Leveraging Enterprise services to provide an integrated information environment in which a wide range of Defense organizations can share data across heterogeneous systems can help garner better self synchronization and thus mission effectiveness.
The question is how to make this a reality given the competing priorities. Technology alone can not bring this vision to fruition. Rather it is one component of many that enables transformation to occur. The appropriate organizational structure, concept of operations and supporting systems need to have the right coordinated mix to help Defense organizations become increasingly agile.